Taking Care Of Your Stitches

As we all know, a lovely part of childbirth is the potential that you are going to have to have stitches in a rather delicate place. Like you haven’t been though enough…we now have stitches that make it virtually impossible to sit down and don’t even try to without a sound effect or two.

Firstly, stitches bloody hurt so let your family and friends help you take care of the baby at least until you can move properly. Your body has done something amazing, let it heal. There is no need to be superwomen!

Over the next few weeks, it will seem that everyone you come across would like to have a gander at the new downstairs mix up and you will let them because they will hurt a lot and you need to know that everything is okay down there.

The main thing, I did to take care of my stitches was bathe in salt water once a day. It was literally the best thing ever and it meant that 10 days after having the stitches in, they were virtually healed and didn’t hurt at all.

My other piece of advice to you is change your pads regulary, I changed mine everytime I went to the toilet. I was very concerned about infection and this seemed to put my mind at ease.

One final piece of advice, if when you wee a little bit goes on your stitches and makes them sting. Hold a piece of toilet paper over the stitches and it will stop them hurting.

Bambi x

The Birth of Baby Leo! <3

On the 16th of July at 07:52am, Leo Alexander made his appearance in this world.

13th of July:

I was due to be induced at the hospital. I had to ring the maternity department to make sure that admission was still possible on that day. I rang them at 12 and was told that admission was not possible at that time. I was to ring back at 4 o’clock that day to check again. Soon, 4 o’clock came and I rang the hospital again. I was told that I had to go in for monitoring of my baby’s heartbeat but admission would not be possible that day. It appears that all the pregnant women in town had decided to have their babies and they simply just didn’t have any room to accomendate any more births in that hospital.

14th of July:

I was instructed to ring the hospital again at 12 to ask about admission, exactly the same as the day before. I was told to ring again at 4 to see if there was a bed because the beds had not yet cleared from the night before. By this point, I was sick and tired of being told that there wasn’t any space for me. The consultant had told me that they wanted him out by 38 weeks and it just didn’t seem to be happening. Also, because of the problem that I had with my liver it meant that the closer I got to term, the higher the chances my baby would be still born. This was on my mind a lot and I felt that they were not taking my condition seriously!

I decided that I was going to go in for monitoring on the afternoon and not in the evening like I had done the night before. I was so tired so if I could get the monitoring out of the way sooner, I was all for this option. When I was there, I was told that they had a bed for me that night and they wanted me to go home, have my tea and ring at 5 o’clock to get a time to go to the hospital. At 5 o’clock, they told me to come to the hospital for 7 o’clock. However, they did say that they were not sure whether they would be able to induce me on the Friday night but I could stay there until they were able to.

15th of July:

In the early hours of the morning on the 15th of July, a midwife entered my room and said that the lead midwife on delivery had said that they were able to induce me. I had to be monitored again to ensure that everything was still okay and the baby was fine. After 40 minutes on the monitor, the midwife came in with the propress and started the induction process.

My partner and I went to sleep, it was all just a waiting game now and no-one knew how long the propress was going to take to work.

When we woke up, I had to go back on the monitor to ensure that the baby was okay and he had not had a reaction to the hormones that had now entered my body. Everything was still okay. We decided to go for a walk around the hospital to help get things started. As the day went on, the pains had started and were getting worse. I was able to deal with the pain as my labour was progressing but not very fast. Slowly, the pains got worse though out the day.

After 24 hours of having the propress in, the midwife came to check had dilated my cervix was. At 01.50am, I was dilated 1cm and it didn’t look like the baby would be here any time soon. I went to sleep so deflated that the propress was taking so long to work and I would have to stay in the hospital for longer. I was so tired by this point, as neither me or my partner had a proper night sleep since Thursday night.

At around 5am, I woke up and decided that I wanted to go to the toilet. After a couple of attempts to get off the bed, I managed to get up and waddled off the the bathroom. As I got to the bathroom door, I felt this sudden gush of liquid down my legs. I rushed to the toilet to check what had just happened. I found a straw coloured liquid and I rang the button for the midwife. My waters had broken. The midwife came in and I told her what had happened. She told me that my waters hadn’t gone and all that had happened is that I hadn’t gotten to the toilet in time (I was sure my waters had broke). She said that I needed to go on the monitor for 40 minutes to see if I was actually contracting. She then disapeared for about 20 minutes. In this time, the pain had started, I was lying on the bed literally doubled over in pain. There was no way that I was able to sit on the monitor for 40 minutes with this pain, it just wasn’t possible.

During one contraction, I felt something different coming out. I checked and I was bleeding. The midwife hadn’t come back yet. Around 5 minutes later, my midwife walked into the room, she didn’t seem to think that anything was happening and that I wasn’t going to have my baby anytime soon.

She came over to me and tried to get me to go on the monitor. I told her that I didn’t think that it would be possible for me to sit still for that long but she said I had to. Then suddenly, I felt this urge, the urge to push. I couldn’t help but scream ‘OMG I need to push’ loudly. The look on her face as she quickly put her gloves on so she could examine me. I was now 7cm dilated and I needed to go to the delivery suite.

Another midwife appeared at the door with a wheelchair and I was helped into the chair. I was suddenly whisked off down a corridor with my partner trying to get all our stuff together and bring it with us. Since, we didn’t think anything would be happening taht night, we hadn’t packed our things away properly.

At 05.30am, I arrived in the delivery suite still with the increasing urge to push. Thankfully, the midwife who thought I had wet myself had gone and she was replaced by another one who was much nicer. They set the gas and air up for me and I climbed up on to the bed once my contraction had gone. By this time, my mum had gotten to the hospital as I had promised that she would be able to be at the birth.

Around half past 6, after asking many times if I could push. The midwife finally said it was okay too. I had to wait until I couldn’t stop the urge to push before I was allowed. At this point, the midwife was replaced by another and a student. I started to push and the baby was coming down nicely. As the head was ready to come out, I tried and tried but no amount of pushing was getting his head out. The doctor said that he would have to cut me in order to get the head to come out. As he cut me, he told me to push and not only did the baby’s head come out but the rest of him too! He did nearly fall on the floor because they had taken away the bottom of the bed to perform the cut but the student midwife caught him and put him straight onto my chest. The student midwife actually finished her course requirements with my son as he was her 40th baby she had delivered.

That is my birth story and to everyone that is soon to have their baby, there is a huge difference between wetting yourself and your waters breaking…trust your instincts!

Bambi x

 

34 Weeks!!!

Hello,

It has been a very long time since I last wrote a blog about my pregnancy. SO much has happened in the last 12+ weeks so I’ve got a lot to tell you about.

At my 20 week scan, we found out that the baby was a boy and was very very healthy. My placenta is anterior which means I had to still wait a couple of weeks till I was able to feel him moving but since then he has a been a very very active baby. At first, it was mainly at night but as he has gotten bigger. I can now feeling virtually all the time.

At 29 weeks, I attended the Pregnancy Day Unit at my local hospital because I was concerned about his movements as I had not felt as many as usual on that particular day. He didn’t wake up till I was strapped to a machine to monitor him, it was then he appeared to believe that there was a rave and he just had to join in. As part of my examination, I had my fundal measured for my scan in my green notes. My bump was measuring a little bit below what it should have been at that stage (about 27cm). So I was referred for a scan to see how he was doing and if he was growing correctly. It turned out that although I had a small bump, he weight was above average. So ladies, just because you have a small fundal measurement does not mean that your baby is small with it. It all depends on the way they are sitting. However, they did find that his FM was slightly on the low side as they were measuring just above the 10th Centile line but all other measurements were either fine or above average.I was referred to another scan in 3 weeks time to have another look at his growth to see if there were any problems.

So, a few weeks ago I had my 4th scan which I was told that the problem had corrected itself and all was fine. The baby weighted 4lbs, 1oz! I did still have to wait for the Antenatal Clinic at the hospital because the consultant wanted to have a look at the scan. The consultant said although he was happy with the baby’s growth and development over the past 3 weeks, he wanted to refer me to another scan when I am 38 weeks pregnant to see the weight of the baby. So in a few weeks time, I will have to go and have a scan where I speak to the consultant again. There is some talk about letting me carry until my due date and then inducing me because of my fundal measurement but I will find out the consultants plan very very soon.

I had my whooping cough vaccination and this time I managed not to faint! But, it didn’t half make my arm sore for literally a week. After that everything was fine and I did not have any other side effects which I am very thankful for!

I have also been told that my iron levels are borderline so I was prescribed Iron Therapy. Those tablets are so so horrible but its all so the baby is healthy so I will happily take them. A little piece of advice, if your doctor prescribes you two a day, take one then slowly get your way up to the recommended amount. They can make you a little poorly if you take to many at once.

As of right this second, I currently have 5 weeks and 3 days left to go and I seriously cannot wait. We are in the middle of the hottest day of the year so far at the moment and I can’t appear to drink enough to be satisfied. I also had my fundal measured yesterday and it was still measuring small at 30cm but I think that’s normal for me as my normal midwife does not seem to be to alarmed by this. Well, that measurement means that I am currently resting on the 10th centile line but because of the previous scans they know that he is bigger and more towards the 50th centile line.

All in all, I have enjoyed being pregnant and haven’t had many complications. All I wish is that the temperature would go down so I can be comfortable during the days and sleep at night!

My little boy is still baking away in my tummy and kicking me in the ribs all night!

5 WEEKS LEFT!!!!

10 weeks compared to 30 Weeks

Bambi x and Bump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby, Baby, Where Are You?! (Bump Update)

Hello,

So I turned 17 weeks on Sunday, which I found pretty exciting because that means that I am a week closer to having my 20 week scan. I am due to have that scan at 20 weeks and 1 day so not much longer to wait!

The one thing that I have noticed is that the symtoms have gone away so much that I don’t feel pregnant anymore. However, seeing as I don’t feel pregnant I am starting to look more pregnant by the day.

I have noticed small kicks coming from that area but since that this is my first pregnancy, I am unsure if it is the baby or something else. I can not wait till they get stronger so I am able to tell the difference.

Anyway, back to not feeling pregnant. I’ve only started to feel like this the past few days and I think it might be because I want to have my scan sooner as I felt like this a couple of weeks before my 12 week scan.

The first picture is at 14 Weeks, the second picture is at 16 Weeks and the third picture is at 17 Weeks.

Thank You for Reading,

Bambi x and Bump x

No Apetite and Lack of Sleep!

So today, it has been a bad day in terms of pregnancy related things happening to my body.

Firstly, I noticed that I have literally no apetite and I have to force myself to eat anything. Sometimes it’s easy but when it comes to things like evening meals. I rarely finish it in one sitting and as the smell of reheated food makes me feel sick, I tend to eat it cold later on. I did read somewhere that pregnant women should have 5 smaller meals per day instead and I am starting to think that this might be the way to go. I am going to find a new routine that suits the 16 week pregnant lady instead of what I have been doing my entire life.

Secondly, tiredness! Today was the first day in the second trimester that I have felt like I have needed a afternoon nap. I got 8 hours of sleep last night and this morning, I woke up so tired. I literally could have slept all day long! I am sleeping perfectly fine during the night, I just don’t seem to be getting enough sleep. I am so excited to go to sleep tonight and I wish it could be sooner. I might have start to have an afternoon nap again to get over at least some of the tiredness. The baby isn’t even born yet and they are already keeping me awake.

Thirdly, Heart Palpitations I have been experiencing these for a few weeks now and I have been told by my midwife that it is really common in Pregnancy. They are just so horrible, every time it happens I have to sit down and wait for them to pass. If I don’t sit down, I feel like I am going to faint. Apparently, its all the extra blood in my body trying to pump though the exact same space. But seriously, it is so uncomfortable and I don’t remember reading in any pregnancy book that you could get heart palpitations! Now that is something that I wish someone would’ve told me!

Finally, I keep losing my balance. Now, this wouldn’t usually be an issue as I have gotten used to it over time. But today, it has gotten a lot worse. I was talking to my partner whilst I was stood in the doorway of our bedroom, lost my balance and had to sit on the the floor for a few seconds. However, the second time it happened it did really scare me. I was standing at the top of the stairs! I felt myself losing my balance so I was able to comonstate and instead of going forwards. I fell on my bum at the top of the stairs. Luckily, my partner was just behind and helped me downstairs to ensure that I didn’t nearly fall again. The fact that I could’ve very easily fallen was the scariest part for me.

Note to self: Make sure you are holding the rail when walking down the stairs!

Thank You 🙂

Bambi x and Bump x

 

 

Syntocinon Injection!

Helloooo,

You might not know that when you give birth, if you choose to you can have a Syntocinon Injection in your leg to help you deliver the placenta fully. This injection can be given to manage the 3rd stage of Labour. The reason that Syntocinon is given to manage the 3rd stage of labour is that it will help the womb to contract. The placenta needs to separate from the womb in order for it to be delivered. This injection will not only speed up the delivery of the pacenta, it will also help prevent any heavy bleeding after the birth.

It is usually given though a drip which goes straight into a vein. This is when it has been used to induce or help labour to happen. Your Midwife will slowly increase the dose until contractions start properly and labour properly establishes.

If you haven’t had it to start to help labour to happen. Your midwife will inject it into the muscle in your higher thigh. This will be done either just as the baby’s shoulder is delivered or immediately after birth. Either way, will help the placenta detach itself from the womb so you can deliver it fully.

Some women are not aloud to have this injection but your midwife will decide if this is a suitable injection for you. But there are other ways for you to deliver the pacenta and your midwife will help this happen for you. So don’t worry, if the injection is not suitable for you. There will be another way for it to be delivered.

Thank You for Reading and I hope you have learnt something about what will happen during your labour.

Bambi x and Bump x

Things that I am Scared Of!

Hello,

Yesterday, I wrote about the things that I am excited about in Pregnancy. This morning, I was thinking some woman don’t have a good pregnancy and some woman feel pretty rubbish all the way though or even suffer from pre-natal depression. I don’t want any of you to think that I am not scared of anything and I am not afraid that things might happen because I am and just because I have told you in previous blogs that I am healthy at the moment, it doesn’t mean that things don’t cross my mind from time to time that make me scared.

  1. I am scared of having the injection in my leg during birth. I don’t know why, it seems something so small to be scared of when I am giving birth but injections scare me.
  2. I am scared of Birth Complications. No-one in my family has ever had any birth complications but what scares me is that I don’t know what will happen on the day when I give birth and thousands of things pass though my head that might happen.
  3. I am scared that I won’t be ready in time. Since, time is going to fast and I am almost half way though my pregnancy and I don’t really have enough things for when the baby comes. I know I’ve still got ages left but I would like to be a little more prepared by this point in the pregnancy.
  4. I am scared that I am going to get really bad stretch marks and I am not going to be able to get make to the level of fitness that I have now. Yes, I know it sounds vain! All my life, I have had a slim figure and no excess skin or anything like that. I liked my body then and I like my pregnancy body now. The way that I am trying to combat this issue is by making sure that my skins on my tummy, thighs and boobs are ready to stretch so they don’t hurt too much when it does and hopefully will go back to how it was before. I am also intending on joining a Gym, 8 weeks after the baby is born so I have regain my level of fitness. Also, my partner will be doing this with me as well so it will be a nice time to spend some time together!

Thank You for Reading and I hope that knowing my fears makes you feel better about anything that scares you.

Bambi x and Bump x

 

Things that I am Excited about!

Hello Friendssss,

As you all know, I am currently 16 weeks and 6 days pregnant and I’ve been thinking about everything that I am excited about because of this pregnancy.

  1. My 20 Week scan. I know everyone looks forward to their next scan because you get to see how their baby is growing and see if they are developing properly. It’s so exciting, just getting to see them on the screen. Also, because by this point in my pregnancy all my symtoms have gone. It’s nice to see your baby as a reminder that they are still there and that they are OK in there.
  2. My 24 Week Midwife Appointment. As I wrote yesterday, I had my 16 week Midwifery scan and I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat. Well, next time when I go to see the Community Midwife. She will measure my belly to see how baby is growing and put it on my chart. I also get to hear the Baby’s heartbeat again which I am super excited about.
  3. Antenatal Classes. I can book my Antenatal Classes at 20 weeks and there two sessions in particular that I am excited about. The first one, is the Grandparents evenving which gets the Grandparents involved in the Pregnancy and gives them information about what they can do. The second is the tour of the Maternity Unit and Birth Preparation class. I just want to see where I am going to give birth and make sure I know exactly where I am going in the hospital.
  4. 4D Baby Scan. For my Birthday Present this year, my mother and mother in law have brought me a 4D scan at our local Mothercare store. All of us are going to attend including my partner. I have no idea what will happpen as I have never had a 4D scan before nor have I attended one with someone else. So, it’s all so new and exciting!

All the things that I am looking forward to are ages away at the moment but they will be here before we know it. I wish this next month would hurry up so I can see my Beautiful 2D baby on the screen again!

Please comment below and tell me the things that you are excited about during your pregnancy!

Thank You Mommies!

Bambi x and Bump x

16 Week Midwife Appointment

So yesterday, I had my 16 week Midwifery Appointment.

It was pretty simple and it all happened rather quickly! Firstly, she went though my bloods that I had at 8 weeks, they were absolutely fine. All the screenings had come back negative and I had a high iron level. Meaning I do not have to have iron supplements at least for the time being. These bloods will be repeated at 28 weeks and I’ll be told what the results are after that.

In the UK everytime you go to the Midwife, you have to take a urine sample. The Midwife will have it off you and test you for infections and see if there is any protein in your wee. Mine was all fine and I appear to be healthier then ever.

Next was the bit I had been waiting for. I have already had two scans but no-one has ever let me hear the baby’s heartbeat. Today, was the day! She got her doppler and put in on the left side of my stomach. It wasn’t as cold as the scan. After, a few seconds you could faintly hear baby’s heartbeat and movement in my belly. She moved the doppler a little and our baby’s heartbeat was there. This very strong hearbeat started beating away. The midwife said that according to a old wives tale, the baby sounds like it’s a girl. If it a girl, it sounds like galloping horses and if it’s a boy it sounds like a train. She said it’s just a old wives tale but I thought it was nice to know. I am getting the feeling that the baby is a girl but I’ll wait till my scan till I share it offically with you all!

Thank You for Reading!

Bambi x and Bump x

The Importance of Staying Hydrated during Pregnancy

Keeping Hydrated during Pregnancy!

Why is it important? Keep reading to find out!

Keeping hydrated at any point in your life is important but I think its even more important to make sure that you are hydrated in Pregnancy. There is two of you after all!

During Pregnancy, the demand on your body gets greater. Since, there is a changing demand for the water, your body now needs more to cope with all the changes that are occuring in your body on a daily basis.

Water is essential for healthy blood cells, breast feeding and lactation. Did you know that water is one of the main ingredients in your breast milk! Water obviously help prevent you from becoming dyhydrated but during pregnancy if you are dyhyfrated it can cause complications for you and the baby. These include but are not limited too: headache, nausea, cramps, oedema and dizziness. It some cases it has been known to cause preterm labour!

You will need to drink between 8 and 10 cups or 3 litres per day to ensure that you are not dyhydrated. However, coffee and tea should not be classed as fluid per day as they actually take fluid away from the body because they make you wee more.

Personally, I find if I keep a bottle of water or squash by me thoughout the day and sip little and often. I tend to drink about 3 litres per day.

Thank You for Reading!

Bambi x and Bump x